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Social media government communication and stakeholder engagement in the era of Covid-19: evidence from Italy
International Journal of Public Sector Management ; 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1746143
ABSTRACT

Purpose:

Covid-19 is a worldwide pandemic disease that changed the government communication to citizens about the health emergency. This study aims to provide in-depth research about regional Italian government communication through social media (SM) and its effects on citizens' engagement. Design/methodology/

approach:

The study uses a case analysis, focusing on the Italian context. In detail, the authors analyse the more involved Italian regions in Covid-19 pandemic (Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany) applying the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) model.

Findings:

The results reveal that SM is a powerful tool for communication during a health emergency and for facilitating the engagement with stakeholders. However, results also highlight a different perception about the timing of the Covid-19 crisis. Practical implications Findings suggest a gap between the answer of the public government compared to the citizens' needs that are clear since the first earlier stage of the pandemic event. The engagement level is very high since the first phase of the pandemic event;however, to be adequately developed, it requires specific and timing information that are not always in line with the citizens’ communication needs. Originality/value This is the first research that aims to study the citizens' engagement in the Italian regions during the Covid-19 pandemic. © 2022, Silvia Fissi, Elena Gori and Alberto Romolini.
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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Scopus Language: English Journal: International Journal of Public Sector Management Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Scopus Language: English Journal: International Journal of Public Sector Management Year: 2022 Document Type: Article